Careers at The Land Institute
The Land Institute is working on a solution to one of humankind’s most critical challenges: how to produce food without destroying precious soil, water, and ecological resources.
The long-term, game-changing nature of our mission is both challenging and fulfilling. Our people reflect the values of the prairie: diverse and perennial. Our staff members have come from several continents to The Land Institute’s modest home in Salina, Kansas to transform agriculture worldwide. For many it becomes a lifelong career. More than a few have been involved with — and have evolved with — The Land Institute for decades.
Jobs at The Land Institute include scientists and field and research technicians as well as positions in farm operations, fundraising, communications, marketing, finance, and administration.
Current Job Openings at The Land Institute
Opportunities at The Land Institute
Crop Protection Genetics Research Technician
This Salina-based full-time position will support and advance efforts to breed for disease resistance, identify, and manage diseases in perennial grain crops as part of an innovative team whose research seeks to understand and control diseases of perennial crops in an ecologically sustainable way.
This position requires a Master’s degree in a natural research field or a Bachelor’s degree with equivalent professional or research experience and an ability to work in all weather conditions.
Job duties include planting, data collection, harvesting and threshing both in field and greenhouse; support program lead in designing and implementing new research projects and maintaining collaborative partnerships with researchers at TLI and other institutions, farmers, and civic scientists; supervision of interns, research assistants, and volunteers; and more.
Review of applications will begin March 26, 2021.
A Development Officer supports the organization through cultivating relationships with potential donors, current donors, strategic partners and others to ensure the success of The Land Institute mission. This is a fundraising role which requires travel, a high level of communication, exemplary interpersonal skills and works as part of a team based in Salina, KS.
Opportunities With Partners
Post-Doctoral Associate Social Sustainability in Supply Chains
The UMN Dept. of Agronomy and Plant Genetics and Green Lands Blue Waters seek to hire a full-time proactive, dynamic Postdoctoral Researcher to study social aspects of sustainability in supply chains for novel crops that provide continuous living crop cover in agricultural landscapes, namely Kernza® Perennial Grain, and help publicize and implement results.
The ideal candidate will have experience and interest in developing and conducting innovative social science research; an established or emerging focus on agriculture, rural livelihoods, network theory, economic sociology, and/or supply chains; excellent collaboration and facilitation skills; and experience identifying and addressing barriers to diverse, equitable, and inclusive participation in agricultural or economic development processes.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will engage with a multi-scale, evolving collaborative network through a three-year funded project led by UMN and supported by The Land Institute. This postdoctoral position will be primarily mentored and co-supervised by researchers at The Land Institute, in collaboration with UMN researchers.
Applications must be submitted online using position number: 338810. Review of applications will begin April 1st, 2020.
Other Employment Opportunities
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Internships at The Land Institute
Our interns gain valuable insight into the research programs of The Land Institute while assisting in the fields, seed processing facilities, and labs. With thousands of experimental plots and tens of thousands of experimental plants, interns conduct crucial fieldwork that includes hoeing, transplanting, and sampling alongside preeminent scientists working to develop Natural Systems Agriculture. Summer interns enjoy seminars with the staff and visiting scientists, but the majority of learning is gained from hands-on work with the research programs. Keep in mind that although the fieldwork is satisfying, it also can be physically challenging.
We generally require that interns commit to a duration of at least three months between May and October. Interns are paid and work approximately 40 hour weeks. While we do not offer free housing, limited housing is available near campus and rent is typically around $300/month. Although interns are often students (generally between sophomores in college to recently graduated) we consider adult applicants of any age and background.